I was chatting with my sister online, and I asked her what I should blog about today. She said that she just got done reading an article in the local paper about marijuana and the legalization of it… write about that. So I noodled on it a bit and here is what I came up with.
Here is my two cents, and is probably going to be a shock to a lot of my readers. I do think we should support the repeal of all laws that criminalize the use, possession or cultivation of marijuana (and really any drug), because the enforcement of those laws, and results of other negative aspects, cause more harm than the drugs themselves. I do not think the government should legislate morality or health decisions.
But first, let me write a disclaimer. I, personally, do not use or take any illegal drugs whatsoever, and never have in my entire life. I do not advocate the use of any illegal drugs at all ever. And, if any current illegal drug was to be made legal, I still would not put any into my body (and I would advise others to abstain also). So, the short story is, I do not and will not use illegal or newly made legal drugs, now or ever in the future.
Whether the drug itself is legal or not is not the determining factor if someone is going to smoke it or not. Just think about it a second. If you do not currently use marijuana, is it because it is illegal? I do not think so, I feel the reason a person does not smoke pot is because they made either a moral, or health reason to steer away from using it. So I do not think marijuana’s legality plays any role in the decision making process.
I do not think someone should go to jail for ingesting something in their body. It might not be a smart decision, but should it be punishable by law? If I eat a pile of horse shit and it makes me hallucinate, should they put me in jail? No way.
By having marijuana illegal, what is worse than smoking dope itself? Children being killed in the crossfire of drug wars and innocent people being murdered to keep them quiet about drug trafficking in inner-city neighborhoods. If prohibition on alcohol taught us anything, it is that making the personal consumption of certain substances illegal instantly creates a black market. Do not get me wrong. Drugs are addictive… that is a fact. Putting someone in prison does not make them any less addicted to heroine or marijuana. In fact, it complicates their recovery from that addiction. (Somehow, and I have no clue how, but they can get the drugs in prison anyway)
Well I could go on and on about this subject and I am already at 450 words, so I am going to conclude.
We need to face the facts. Legalizing marijuana is inevitable. It is gonna happen. And, when it happens, tax the shit out of it. I really do not think you would see tons of already non-pot smokers going to the pot store to buy some weed for the first time when it is finally legalized. I could be wrong, but I really do not think that is the way things work. I have chosen not to smoke it, but if I changed my mind, I do not think a goofy law would stop me from wanting it (as you can tell with 1.8 million people in jail last year for using).
As a follower of Christ, I would want people to refrain from behavior that could harm themselves. I would want people to make smart decisions and refrain from using any drugs, because deep down I think they are harmful.
But, people need to make their own decisions. What are your thoughts?